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Truth, Justice or the American Way 

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Except for a few jabs at foot-in-mouth politicians, this Second City National Touring Company production forgoes the biting satire its title suggests. Instead it focuses on keenly observed but lighter-weight issues, offering insights on American families, dating, body image, and Pollyanna propensities in the face of real problems like war and homelessness. The six-member ensemble misses nary a beat; Shelly Gossman, Hans Holsen, and Brendan Jennings display exceptional range. The singing is just OK, but the performers sell their songs--Holsen even offers a touching, comical homage to off-key crooning. Don't expect anything shocking or controversial, but this kinder, gentler lampoon delivers its share of grins and Coke-through-your-nose laughs. Through 9/2: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, no show Fri 8/4, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121 $22-$27.

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